Santorum: Senate rebuking Warren not a big deal

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Wednesday downplayed the Senate's rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Rock the Vote President calls for dismantling of electoral college MORE (D-Mass.) a night earlier.

“Sometimes you get a little heated on the floor, you directly address a senator, and you call them out on something and then they say, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Santorum said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“In the case of Elizabeth Warren, she didn’t back off. She made those comments; she said she agreed with those comments; and she suffered the consequences.”

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Santorum said the Senate's adherence to longstanding rules should be no surprise to Warren.

“The whole reason for these rules is to keep the temperature down,” he said. "All of this is in place and has been for hundreds of years.”

As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight Tuesday to protest Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE's (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote opposing Sessions's nomination for a federal judgeship at the time.

The Senate voted to bar Warren from speaking on the floor, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRock the Vote President says Dem reform bill 'shines a light' on dark money The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP MORE (R-Ky.) said Warren had violated chamber rules and “impugned” President Trump’s Cabinet nominee.

“[Sessions] made derogatory and racist comments that should have no place in our justice system,” Warren said. "To put Sen. Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is an insult to African-Americans.”